Post-communist welfare pathways

Theorizing social policy transformations in Central and Eastern Europe


A. Cerami




Cerami, A. & Vanhuysse, P. (Eds.) (2009). Post-Communist Welfare Pathways: Theorizing Social Policy Transformations in Central and Eastern Europe. Basingstoke (UK): Palgrave Macmillan.


This collection adopts novel theoretical approaches to study the diverse welfare state pathways that have evolved across Central and Eastern Europe since the fall of communism in 1989. Going beyond existing path dependency and neo-institutionalist explanations, it highlights the role of explanatory factors such as micro-causal mechanisms, ideas, discourses, path departures, power politics, and elite strategies.

This collection includes contributions from leading international experts to examine welfare in specific countries and across social policy domains. By providing a broad overview based on a theoretical foundation and drawing on recent empirical evidence, Post-Communist Welfare Pathways offers a comprehensive, state-of-the-art account of the progress that has been made since 1989, and the main challenges that lie ahead for welfare state regimes in Central and Eastern Europe.

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